The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

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24th April, 2016


Update: 26th April: We are pleased to provide an official statement from His Lordship, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, on 'Amoris Laetitia'. We publish this with His Lordship's permission. Exclusive rights are reserved to Bishop Schneider.

« Amoris laetitia« : a need for clarification in order to avoid a general confusion


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Anzac Day – Monday, 25th April: a Solemn Requiem Mass will be offered tomorrow at 10.30 am Mass for the eternal repose of deceased servicemen. Please make every effort to attend, to pray for the souls of those who have fought to defend our country.

Confirmations – Sunday, 25th September: the sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred in the Newman Parish on Sunday, 25th September, by His Lordship, Bishop Basil Meeking. Those parents who have already registered their children for Confirmation will be contacted in the near future. We also issue a final invitation to others in need of Confirmation to register with us as soon as possible. Please contact the Secretary.

Call for new servers: men and boys who have made their first Holy Communion are invited to join our Altar serving team. Full training is provided. Those interested are asked to contact Fr Tattersall. All servers under the age of 18 require parental permission.

Organ restoration – launch of appeal: the historic Wolff organ, which for some years now has sounded the praises of God during Parish liturgies, is in urgent need of restoration.  An appeal will be launched on Pentecost Sunday, 15th May, 2016.  Please join us for a Parish barbecue to follow the High Mass, to launch the appeal.  Tours of the organ will be conducted for interested parishioners after lunch.  There will be a short organ recital at 2.30 pm before Vespers and Benediction at 3.30pm.   The appeal target is $130,000. Donations to the organ appeal are tax deductible and may be made by cheque to “Organ Historical Trust – Wolff Appeal”, and sent to 233 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield North, VIC 3161 with your name and a return address for a tax receipt.  For more information on the organ, visit

Newman Parish dinner dance – Saturday, 18th June: once again we return to the RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne, for an enjoyable evening in the company of fellow parishioners. The evening runs from 7 pm – 11 pm. Choose from a delicious three or four course menu with the option of matched wines: $66 per person for 3 courses ($90 including wines), or $77 per person for 4 courses ($107 with wines). Bookings (including pre-payment) are essential. Book early to avoid disappointment. Contact our Secretary, John Mardling, on John will also assist with payments.

You are invited to attend the Life Dinner this year which has a special guest speaker, Dr Rachel Carling-Jenkins, DLP who will speak on The 20 week movement & the Infant Viability Bill 2015. When: Saturday May 14 at 6:30 for 7:00 pm dinner Where: Mannix College, Wellington Rd, Clayton, Vic. Tickets: Adult: $80 / Student: $65 ~ Includes 2-course meal & pre-dinner drinks ~ Auction / Silent Auction / Raffle RSVP by Monday 9 May, 2016 Mrs Ann-Maree Kiely - Phone (03) 9816 0800 - Mobile 0447 352 252 or Email: OR register online at:


The 'AVE MARIA' CONCERT is being held at St Patrick's Church, cnr Rogers & Childers Sts Mentone on Sunday, May 1 (May Day), at 3pm. It is celebrating the beautiful music written for the month of May, the month of Mary and featuring the dynamic Irish soprano Emma-Kate Tobia joining organist Christopher Trikilis in a program spanning continents and centuries in honour of Our Lady. Music by Gounod, Caccini, Bonnet, Schubert and Franck. St Patrick's Church contains the heritage-listed 1862 Nicholson pipe organ, one of Australia's most important historic instruments. Admission $20/10 at door. Enquiries 9583 2103 (office hours)


From the Parish Priest’s desk.

Situation Ethics Enshrined

Francis’ Amoris Laetitia

A simple Q & A on Certain Aspects of the Post-Synodal Exhortation By John Vennari

What is Amoris Laetitia?

Amoris Laetitia (the “Joy of Love”) is the much anticipated post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on marriage and the family. Released on April 6, it runs 260 pages, approximately 59,000 words. Father George Rutler, wryly commenting on the exorbitant length of modern Vatican documents, notes that Francis’ text “is nearly two-thirds the length of all the Vatican II promulgations.”

What are we to think of Amoris Laetitia?

Respected Italian journalist Antonio Socci wrote: “The Apostolic Exhortation is an open act challenging two thousand years of Catholic teaching. And in Catholic circles people are shocked and struck dumb in bewilderment.” Raymond Cardinal Burke, in a somewhat subdued response, called the document a “personal reflection of the Pope” that is “not [to be] confused with the binding faith owed to the exercise of the magisterium.” The eminent Professor Roberto De Mattei said, “If the text is catastrophic, even more catastrophic is the fact that it was signed by the Vicar of Christ.” These assessments are accurate. 

Should we be surprised?

Anyone who followed the tumultuous 2014 and 2015 Synods will not be surprised at the Exhortation. The Synods, the synod press conferences, the synodal texts and the newly-released Exhortation represent one steady stream of modernist revolution. 

What is a key problem with the document?

Amidst great drifts of verbiage – some not bad, some remarkably tedious – Francis effectively canonizes situation ethics. He furtively opens the door for Communion to the divorced and remarried on a ‘case-by-case’ basis, which destroys key elements of Catholic Moral Theology. In particular, his approach undermines recognition of intrinsically disordered acts, and once this is undermined in one area, it is undermined in all areas. Progressivists immediately celebrated Amoris Laetitia as a “radical shift.”


What is situation ethics?

Situation Ethics is the rejection of the universal, binding, immutable norms of morality. There is no such thing as a moral act that is intrinsically evil, there is no rule that admits no exceptions. According to this false approach, the morality of an act ultimately depends not on objective truth, but on the individual’s given situation. The early advocates of situation ethics (as well as contemporary advocates) rebelled against what they call “legalism,” “rigidity” and certain “fixed rules of morality that can never be violated.” Such an approach, as the 1960s advocates of situation ethics complained, “puts rules over people.”  Dr. Joseph Fletcher (1905-1991), the Anglican clergyman and principal proponent of modern situation ethics (who published the landmark 1966 book Situation Ethics and ended his days as an atheist), insisted that in a given situation, we need not always act according to objective morality, but rather, we “do the loving thing” based on the our given circumstances. The new pastoral approach coming from Francis’ Vatican delivers a new twist to the same error, claiming what is most important is to do the “merciful” thing, in light of the various “concrete circumstances” of the individual.


Did not Pius XII warn against situations ethics? 

Yes, situation ethics pre-dates Fletcher’s book. British scholar Peter Vardy quotes Pius XII’s 1952 statement against situation ethics as follows: “It is an individual and subjective appeal to the concrete circumstances of actions to justify decisions in opposition to the Natural law and God’s revealed will.”


What else did he say against the “situation ethics” morality?

Pope Pius also warned in 1952: “The distinctive mark of this morality is that it is in fact in no way based on universal moral laws, for instance, on the Ten Commandments, but on the real and concrete conditions or circumstances in which one must act, and according to which the individual conscience has to judge and choose. This state of things is unique and valid but once for each human action. This is why the supporters of this ethics affirm that the decision of one's conscience cannot be commanded by universal ideas, principles, and laws...” (AAS, 1952, pp 413-419)

And did not the Pius XII’s Holy Office condemn situation ethics?

In 1956, the Holy Office explicitly condemned Situation Ethics i all its forms. The document warned that the "new morality" has “insinuated itself even among Catholics, despite the fact that it is contrary to moral doctrines as taught and applied by the Catholic Church. Situation Ethics rests not upon principles of objective ethics rooted in being itself, but rather it claims to transcend the limitation of objectivity. Promoters of the system maintain that the ultimate and decisive norm of human activity is not some objective order of right, determined by the law of nature and certainly known in virtue of that law. Rather, they assert that the correct rules of moral action lie in some intimate light and judgment rooted in the mind of each individual person [follow your conscience]. This subjective intimation enables one who is placed in a particular concrete situation to determine for himself what he is morally obliged to do in each hic et nunc [“here and now”] case. There is no dependence on any immutable rule of action external to man; there is no measure of truth and rectitude beyond oneself; man suffices for his own moral guide.”* The Holy Office warned that the system of situation ethics “produces traces of modernism and relativism” and “wanders far from the Catholic teaching handed down through the ages.” The Congregation of the Holy Office condemned this Situation Ethics, by whatever name it may be called, and interdicted its being taught in Catholic schools or its being propagated or defended in books, writings of any kind or in conferences. Unfortunately, this condemnation means nothing to the modernist. A key tactic of modernism is to pretend the magisterium has not spoken on certain points.

…… be continued next week.

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